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'Game of Thrones,' Marvel comics, sushi: Meet U.S. U20 star Paxton Pomykal

Paxton Pomykal has two goals and an assist this season for FC Dallas and is catching the attention of clubs like Bayern Munich.

PLANO, Texas -- Paxton Pomykal can't believe what he's just heard. With a look of disbelief spread all over his face, he tilts forward to see if the guy joining him for lunch is really telling the truth.

"Wait... Never? You've never seen 'Game of Thrones'?"

With that, Pomykal, one of eight FC Dallas players that meets at teammate Jacori Hayes' house every Sunday night for grilling and "Game of Thrones" watching, proceeds to channel his inner FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez by taking out...

Borussia Dortmund's warm farewell for Christian Pulisic, a player always destined to move somewhere else

Pulisic's farewell to the Dortmund home crowd was warm and polite, but he was always destined for a big move away from the club. Once Chelsea's offer came in, he was destined to leave.

DORTMUND, Germany -- As he walked down the tunnel, he was holding back tears. Four minutes before half-time, Christian Pulisic was again holding back his tears; he'd just scored to hand Dortmund the lead. They remain firmly in the title race and "Captain America" had come to the rescue. Just over an hour later, Borussia wrapped up the 3-2 win and Pulisic obliged with the media tour before walking to the locker room. At 6:36 p.m. local time, he left, his family waiting for him near the exit.


Galaxy creator and partner to a pop star: Sebastian Lletget is the most interesting man in American soccer

The LA Galaxy have their longest win streak since 2014, but are they as good on paper as their MLS record this season? Via MLS

LOS ANGELES -- Five o'clock on the Friday of a holiday weekend is not an ideal time to be driving on the highways of Southern California. But here we are, somewhere between the apartment Sebastian Lletget shares with his girlfriend, pop star Becky G, and Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy -- who host Real Salt Lake on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+). The 26-year-old star, a facilitator of his Major League Soccer club's potent attack and arguably the one man in the U.S. men's national...

Learning languages, talking race and soccer: U.S. U20 captain Mark McKenzie opens up over dinner

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner square off in predicting five of the most notable Major League Soccer fixtures this weekend.

BEAR, Del. -- It has been a busy day in the McKenzie household; that's only natural when there are inhabitants ages 20 and younger. One of them, Mark, just so happens to be a second-year center-back with the Philadelphia Union and one of the rising stars within U.S. Soccer. But it's another McKenzie who has the more pressing matter. Younger sister Madison has prom coming up and a decision needs to be made.

"Sorry I'm late," says Mark, who slides into a booth at a Buffalo Wild Wings, just miles away...

CONCACAF Gold Cup groups: U.S. faces challenge while Mexico has easier road

U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.

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The draw for the CONCACAF Gold Cup did the U.S. men's national team no favors.

The 2019 tournament sees the field expanded to 16 nations for the first time. This has served to dilute the pool of teams, but the relative strength of the groups has proved to be uneven. Costa Rica should cruise through, and Mexico should have its way as well. As for the U.S., it will face Guyana, Trinidad &...

U.S. men's national team 23 under 23: The stars of the future beyond Pulisic

After a transition year, 2019 ushers in a new era of hope for the United States men's national team. The side recently began life under a new coach in Gregg Berhalter. Having had a year to evaluate and gauge the United States' young talent pool, we decided to rank the top 23 players aged 23 and under in terms of potential impact in 2019 and beyond.

With the Gold Cup, an Under-20 World Cup, the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League tournament and the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament for the...